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Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Sharing a hotel room during orientation

I head out for orientation soon for Schneider also. I am not happy about sharing a room with a stranger if that happens. But I will be able to get by it for a few weeks. I know the first week I will be in the hotel, then after that out with a trainer for a week, then back at the hotel. But I am sure once meeting them you will start conversations and get a better feeling about it. I am not going to trust them by any means but I am also not bringing anything valuable either. And my personal things like my wallet and phone will be in my pocket when I sleep. Just a speed bump in the road. Once you are over it then you are out on your own with no worries. Also if something does come up missing, its not like you don't know who took it, and if they disappear, I am sure that if you contact the company they will have there information that they can forward to the police should you file a report. Maybe I do not know how that exactly works but I have not really heard much about problems at orientation. Most people just say that people made it or not.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Starting at Schneider

Good luck with Schneinder. I am starting a trucking school in the beginning of December and Schneider is on my short list of potential employers. They are big enough to offer many driving options, seem to welcome rookies and are have about the pet-friendliest policy I have come across. I'll be interested to hear about your experience there. I hope you keep posting, or better yet start a blog!

I will try too, I don't know if they have computers there for us to use or not while at training but if they do I can. My phone is old and does not like to cooperate with going online much lol.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Starting at Schneider

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Thanks everyone. My fiance understands, she was actually pushing me a long time ago to go regional and to go with Schneider. Ended up getting what she wanted lol. Also am glad to hear good things about Schneider. I have heard the training is good though. How does there training time go? Is it straight through the week and weekends? I would assume it is.

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Yep, you'll do about 17 days. First five will be at the operating center with backing, driving and slow maneuvering. Then you'll go on the road for 5-7 days with your Training Engineer where you'll do all most all of the driving. Your TE will be in the passenger seat while you drive. Then back to the OC for the remaining 5 days of testing, trip planning and graduation. When you finish, you'll get a chance to go home for the weekend before hitting the road.

One of the reasons I came to Schneider was the ability to be earning solo pay much quicker than most companies.

Good luck and welcome!

That is what got me interested in them also. I was really strongly considering TMC but that 7 week training program is what stopped me. I do not know how I could deal with not seeing my daughter for that long. And when I talked to a recruiter from there they said I could possibly get a truck right out of training and start driving. So it could have been even longer than 7 weeks to get home. I am sure there training is great from what I hear, but I also hear that Schneiders training is great too and it is only three weeks. I also like getting home for the weekend before heading out.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Starting at Schneider

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Hey everyone. I am just excited to finally start my new career. I graduated school in the beginning of October and got my CDL A. I tried and tried to get a local position but it is not easy with no experience lol. So I finally decided to go regional and after looking at all sorts of companies I chose Schneider. I hear good things about there training and it is not that long as long as I do not need more time. I have my 2 year old daughter, and being away will be hard. But I will get through it so I can get some experience. I am probably going to get in my one year and try again for local. Other than that I am set to go for orientation on December 8th. Wish me luck.

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I'm also set to start orientation Dec 8th. I got one day of school left and test on Saturday for my CDL. Are you training in Indianapolis ?

I am going to Gary Indiana for my training. My recruiter did not talk about Christmas yet but it would be nice to be home for Christmas.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Starting at Schneider

Thanks everyone. My fiance understands, she was actually pushing me a long time ago to go regional and to go with Schneider. Ended up getting what she wanted lol. Also am glad to hear good things about Schneider. I have heard the training is good though. How does there training time go? Is it straight through the week and weekends? I would assume it is.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Starting at Schneider

Hey everyone. I am just excited to finally start my new career. I graduated school in the beginning of October and got my CDL A. I tried and tried to get a local position but it is not easy with no experience lol. So I finally decided to go regional and after looking at all sorts of companies I chose Schneider. I hear good things about there training and it is not that long as long as I do not need more time. I have my 2 year old daughter, and being away will be hard. But I will get through it so I can get some experience. I am probably going to get in my one year and try again for local. Other than that I am set to go for orientation on December 8th. Wish me luck.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Automatics in Winter question?

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Putting the transmission in neutral is a good idea

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In my opinion it's not a good idea. There's an excellent chance you're going to need to get on the gas at some point to regain control of the vehicle and you're not going to be able to shift into neutral and then back into gear again when necessary during a skid. There's too much happening too quickly. In fact a lot of times the worst thing you can do is get off the gas in the first place.

For instance, say you have a good bit of weight in the trailer and your drive tires lose traction for a moment on snow covered roads. The drive tires start to slide to the side and the tractor starts to jackknife just a little bit. Your trailer still has all of its momentum so it's pushing forward on the tractor which is no longer pointing straight ahead. If you get off the gas completely or go into neutral at this point and the tractor slows just a bit that trailer is going to keep moving forward and spin that tractor the rest of the way around. You just jackknifed and you're sitting in the middle of a cornfield somewhere. Most of the time in scenarios like this you want to feather the throttle lightly and steer gently with the skid to get those drive tires to start getting some forward bite again so you can keep the tractor's momentum going forward. It's like you're trying to stay ahead of your own trailer so it doesn't spin you around.

Same with a trailer jackknife. Say you start getting on the brakes and your trailer tandems lock up. You see that trailer start to slide out to the side on you. If you get off the gas or kick it into neutral at this point there's an excellent chance that trailer is going to come the rest of the way around and jackknife. You have to get on the gas lightly to stay out ahead of that trailer so it will fall back in line behind you.

Now understand that these are advanced techniques and no two skids are ever alike. There are all kinds of factors that go into the decision about what tactics to use once you start sliding. But those are just a couple of scenarios where you need the throttle to get out of trouble. In fact, in my experience you almost always use some light throttle to help gain control of the vehicle.

I agree with everything you said. Every situation is going to be different. The only thing is though that when the wheels are spinning that is loss of traction and when you apply power to the wheels you lose more traction. That can make the situation worse. Again though it can also help like in the example you gave. But in snow the key to staying in control is traction and the less wheel spin there is the better to regain that traction. Now you do have much more experience than me as most on this forum do. I am new in the trucking world so I am going to take the examples you gave as good advice and hopefully if needed I can control the situation if one is to happen.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Winter Driving Awareness

I think we need to start a "CB Radios Save Lives" campaign. To be honest it seems beyond stupid to me that there are so many drivers out there either without radios in their trucks or with them turned off all the time. Of course it seems stupid to me because I've watched countless people get killed out there over the years and I've witnessed many situations like the ones we're seeing in these videos where drivers did indeed have their radios on and it did save lives. In fact it's been so helpful and important in so many ways over the years that I always considered it one of those critical tools I wouldn't dream of driving without.

You're driving an 80,000 pound rig through blinding snowstorms on slick roads but you don't need no stinkin CB radio, right? That's for old timers hanging on to the past, right? We have newer, better technologies now, right? Besides, people can be annoying sometimes, right?

For you drivers out there that haven't yet gotten themselves or others killed needlessly in wrecks like these because you don't have a CB radio, get a CB radio before you kill someone! And oh by the way, here's your sign:

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I understand that people don't want to hear others blabbing on and what not on a CB, but you are 100% correct it can save lives. So for the people that don't have them, get one and when the weather starts looking bad turn it on. Anything extra is great when it comes to being safe. A CB radio can get the message out much faster than trying to dial a number on your phone.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Automatics in Winter question?

Putting the transmission in neutral is a good idea. When you start sliding you want to take power away from the wheels to allow them to regain traction. In an automatic there is still power to the wheels when you let off the throttle. Remember they are still in gear and will idle which will still cause the tires to spin. Putting the clutch in neutral will put no power to the wheels. Like said before though, anything can happen when you start sliding and could cause for a different reaction. On that note, drive safe everyone.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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90 Degree Backing (Alley Dock)

I would start rolling back about 5 to 10 feet, then start my turn. Once the front of my truck was facing the 11 o-clock position I would get my wheel straight and go very slow. What worked for me at that point was to just go very slow and watch the trailer tires. As I was backing I would constantly be moving the steering wheel right to left while watching the trailer tires. As you back while watching the tires you can just guide it to were you want them to go. Remember to go very slow, that way you have time you can make up for a mistake if you turn the wheel the wrong way or too much. If you go fast then you wont be able to save it. I am assuming this is for the test, so also remember you have pull ups you can use.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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CDL test

I got hired by Green along with someone else so we could team. She has her cdl already, she has been driving solo waiting for me so we can team. This is what the company wanted. The company sent me out with an otr driver so I could get my cdl I had my tip. I came off the road had some more training in the yard worked with a few different people. My traing was done I was ready to take my skills test. I went to the test failed the airbrake test, the in cab was flawless except after I did the service break I did not wait for the air compressor to build all the way to govenor cutoff I let it build to about 120, the I started the leak down test. I called her and she said they dont have the resources to train me anymore. She said something about going to work first. I told her I'm already trained. My boss is butt hurt not really sure why and won't schedule another test or let me have the use of one of the trucks. I have sent emails asking them what's going on what are my options with them at this point I got no reply from her or from her boss. I would like to work for Green my partner is already working there. I'm willing to do whatever it takes. I need my CDL to find out what my options are.

Weird that they failed you for that. I just took my CDL test a few weeks ago and I did not have to let the air hit over 120 psi. What we were taught and what I did was to make sure there is at least 100 psi before you start that. I went to Trainco and if it helps you, you can rent a truck from them. I do not remember how much it costs though.

Posted:  3 years, 12 months ago

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TruckerJames13

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Anyone watch him?

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I've watched a few of his videos, he seems to really like his company and pushes a lot of it's info into videos, it's like he is a driver/recruiter.

Not a bad idea honestly. Gives the name of his recruiter and his name, every person that refers him if they get hired he gets a bonus. With how many people watch him on youtube he has probably gotten allot.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Need advice about Marijuana testing for CDL drivers

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Youre going to have to choose between your weed and your trucking job, but hey, macdonalds is always hiring.

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No need to be rude. This kind of ignorance is why there is such an unjustified negative view of marijuana. (Insinuating that because I smoke weed I don't deserve any better than a minimum wage job).

It is not really unjustified. Allot of people like myself do not like the smell of it. Also, any thing that causes your body or brain to not function properly is not good. And about the McDonalds thing, in all honesty the jobs that are minimum wage don't care about the drug users. The jobs that pay good and you can live off of do care about it. So there is truth to that statement. I am also surprised how many people on here say that they are better off without it since they have stopped. I have had my friends that use it argue that is changes nothing about them. I am glad that the people on here are doing good and to you John I wish you the best of luck no matter what decision you make. I myself think you should stop smoking but either way I hope everything works out good for you.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Passed my CDL test

Hey, Just am excited to say that I passed my CDL test today. I graduated from Trainco in Perrysburg Ohio on October 3rd and had my test date for the next day. I made a really dumb mistake and failed it though. In Michigan we have to do the in cab first for the pre trip. Well when I got to the leak down test on the brakes for some odd reason I said 15 minutes instead of 1 minute. Instant fail. I was not even in the truck 5 minutes. I was fuming mad. Cost $160 to take the test again. However they were incredibly nice and let me take the truck out on the road coarse since I did not take the class in Michigan and never drove the coarse. Well I rescheduled and took the test Wednesday morning and passed it no problem. Incredibly happy right now. This is a huge weight off my shoulders and now I can start my new career.

Posted:  4 years ago

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The new Wal Mart truck

The keep going on today with carbon fiber. Wait until that guy on the fork lift turns and puts a fork through the side of that trailer. The cost would be unthinkable to repair that because it is one solid piece. Even on the truck when it gets into an accident, the cost would be insane to have it repaired. Ford is producing the new GT350 with carbon fiber wheels. Just wait until someone slides into a curb and cracks that thing into pieces. A regular aluminum wheel is about 700 to 1000 dollars imagine a carbon fiber wheel. I will stick to my steel and aluminum.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Truck Drivers In Cold Weather

Layers work well, but what I don't like about layers is more weight on your body which causes you to sweat more and in cold weather with sweat is a good way to get a chill and get sick. Also if you have layers on and are spending most of your time in the truck or inside in general then you will always be taking them off and putting them back on when going back outside, or putting your windows down to cool off because you get too hot. And that comes back to getting a chill when you sweat if you put your window down. Much easier to just have one coat that you can just unzip and take off when you hop back in the truck or put on when you need to get out. I started with layers when I started hunting but I learned shortly after my first hunting season it is better to just have one good coat. This is my experience.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Truck Drivers In Cold Weather

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I'm a tractor supply kinda guy. Schmidt is an awesome brand....Just like carhartt, but a little cheaper.

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I agree 100%.....I love their stuff. In fact I compared some of Carhart's stuff with C.E. Schmidt's stuff side by side at Tractor Supply and Schmidt's clothing had heavier stitching and more insulation for less money. Now everyone already knows Carhart is awesome and I use plenty of their stuff too. But not many people know how good C.E. Schmidt is.......great stuff.

The nice thing about the tractor supply by me is they sell both. My Carhartt jacket is not the typical one you see though. Mine is rated down to -40 and it works great. I am in Michigan and these past couple of winters have been really cold. Froze the ice enough to the point my friend took his f250 with a plow onto lake Erie to clear a section for snowmobile drags lol. That jacket kept me plenty warm even with the windchill below -30. I only paid 80 dollars for it off that site that I posted. They have Carhartt stuff on there cheap. I did look at Schmidt at tractor supply but they cost more. Carhartt in stores is very expensive, I was glad when I found that site. I need to make another trip though to tractor supply and get some things gathered up for hunting season.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Truck Drivers In Cold Weather

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You need a good pair of insulated boots, good gloves, and the best part is a good Carhartt jacket. My Carhartt jacket is rated to -40 degrees. That is the best coat I have ever had and it will last for years.

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I looked at the Carhartt coats on Amazon. I'll have to go look at them in a store to size them, especially since they don't seem to make the women's designs for really cold weather! Punks. Ah well, won't be the first time I wear men's clothing. At least I'll know the sleeves will be long enough.

I think I'll be getting one of these: http://smile.amazon.com/Ergodyne-N-Ferno-6826-Balaclava-2-Peice/dp/B0091CC1MI/ref=pd_sim_469_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1Q4VGZ63MRN24YPG6YWN&dpID=41bnmTtr7tL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR95%2C160_

I'll use it for riding my motorcycle when at home if nothing else.

Once I have my own truck, I might wander off with a pair of Dad's insulated FRC coveralls. Those suckers are WARM.

A good place that has Carhartt and other brands is http://dungarees.net/. That is were I got my jacket and winter gloves. They have good prices and if you get it and its the wrong size just send it back and they will ship you another. I had to do that.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Truck Drivers In Cold Weather

You need a good pair of insulated boots, good gloves, and the best part is a good Carhartt jacket. My Carhartt jacket is rated to -40 degrees. That is the best coat I have ever had and it will last for years.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Backing-up Anxiety

I am no were close to experienced because I am still in truck driving school. However as of right now I am confident with backing, I am sure that will change once I get out on my own though. But one thing the instructor told me was for my 90 degree backing, go as slow as you can and just watch the trailer tires and guide them to were you want them to go. Going slow gives you more time to correct a mistake so. That way if you make one it can be fixed without having to start all over. They also told me that when backing for the 90 degree that the I should be constantly moving the steering wheel back and fourth as I move back. It works for me and a few other guys in the class. Like I said though I have not been out on the road yet but it still could help.

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